Author: Kate Atherley

Tapestry Artist Alisa McRonald and Her 2020 Search for Black T-Shirts

[Open Access] Textile artist Alisa McRonald spent much of the fall and winter of 2020 searching in vain for black T-shirts. She was working on a weaving called “Pierrot,” the last in her “My Little Arcana” series of tapestries, and finding the materials she needed was proving to be a struggle. Kate Atherley chatted with the artist about her work, and about the unexpected challenges the pandemic had created for her.

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Rathtrevor Socks Knitting Pattern

When designer (and D&T editorial director) Kate Atherley learned of a yarn maker on Vancouver Island who is on a mission to develop a fully Canadian, non-superwash, non-synthetic sock yarn, she immediately reached out. One result of that outreach is a pair of socks Kate designed using this extraordinary yarn. Featuring ribbing and cables, with opportunities for the knitter to make key design choices, the Rathtrevor Socks are made in the wool/mohair blend Barn Swallow sock yarn by The Small Bird Workshop.

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Security Blanket: A Conversation with Textile Artist Jennifer Smith-Windsor

“Being a textile artist places one in a curious place within the art world,” says Jennifer Smith-Windsor. “It is a very niche area and often hard to define. Am I an artist? A craftsperson? A craft-artist? An artistic craftsperson? It’s not always easy explaining what my work is about.” Read more of her interview about her work and her current exhibition, Security Blanket, at Craft Ontario.

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